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Bretwood Golf Course: A Closer Look at the State Amateur Tournament Host

High School Golf Moves Forward: NHGA and NHIAA Team Up

Treating the Athlete: Seacoast Physical Therapist Focuses on Golfers

Champions Dinner: A Celebration of Golf in the Granite State

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Sullivan Golf Travel can create tailored trips and custom itineraries for all NHGA SIX ROUNDS OF GOLF SEVEN NIGHTS, FOURMembers. STAR ACCOMMODATIONS! Destinations include: Ireland, Scotland, England, Spain & in Portugal Waterville Golf Links: Founded in 1889 & Top Five in Ireland Five nights the Randles Court Hotel, Killarney Visit www.sullivangolftravel.com; Email cathal@sullivangolftravel.com or Call Toll Freein1855 709 1209Lodge, for more information. Old Head Golf Links: World’s Most Spectacular Course Two nights the Vaughan Lahinch Ballybunion Old: World Renowned Links, boasts Tom Watson as past Captain Tralee Golf Club: Arnie’s First European design and certainly his best Chauffer driven transfers included (where applicable); Dooks Golf Links: A Hidden Gem over 125 years Old Daily breakfasts; Welcome and Farewell dinners; SIX ROUNDS OF GOLF SEVEN NIGHTS, FOUR STAR ACCOMMODATIONS! Lahinch Old: Old Tom Morris and Alister MacKenzie amongst the designers here Welcome gift and much more. Waterville Golf Links: Founded in 1889 & Top Five in Ireland Five nights in the Randles Court Hotel, Killarney Old Head Golf Links: World’s Most Spectacular Course Two nights in the Vaughan Lodge, Lahinch Ballybunion Old: World Renowned Links, boasts Tom Watson as past Captain Tralee Golf Club: Arnie’s First European design and certainly his best Chauffer driven transfers included (where applicable); Dooks Golf Links: A Hidden Gem over 125 years Old Daily breakfasts; Welcome and Farewell dinners; Golfer: (Approx $3,225MacKenzie USD as ofamongst March the 2017) basedhere on 32Welcome participants. Lahinch€2,745 Old: OldEuros* gift and much more. Tom Morris and Alister designers

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Non Golfer: €1,715 Euros* (Approx $2,015 USD as of March 2017) based on 32 participants. *Per person, based on double occupancy. Additional €375 Euros for single occupancy. FOR FULL DETAILS CONTACT: Matt Schmidt, New Hampshire Golf Association, mschmidt@nhgolf.com 603-219-0371 | www.nhgolfassociation.org Golfer: €2,745 Euros* (Approx $3,225 USD as of March 2017) based on 32 participants. Non Golfer: €1,715 Euros* (Approx $2,015 USD as of March 2017) based on 32 participants. *Per person, based on double occupancy. Additional €375 Euros for single occupancy. FOR FULL DETAILS CONTACT: Matt Schmidt, New Hampshire Golf Association, mschmidt@nhgolf.com 603-219-0371 | www.nhgolfassociation.org

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14 Get to Bretwood

2 Letter from the Executive Director

Granite State’s best descend on Keene club for the 2017 Amateur Championship

4 The Golfing Life

18 Manchester Country Club to Host 2017 NH Open

NH Golf News of Note

After recent improvements, players are “in for a treat”

20 Treating the Athlete

Seacoast physical therapist focuses on golfers

28 New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association Flourishes

A look back at the Association’s 93rd season

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3 Letter from the President

9 NHGA Tournament Schedule 15 What the Pro Knows

The dollar bill drill: Improve your swing – from the start

26 Member Club Listings 28 Parting Shot

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First off Letter From the Executive Director

Creating a Better Tomorrow Welcome to our latest edition of NH Golf Magazine. We hope that the issue will provide valuable information on the NHGA and golf in New Hampshire. We invite you to share your copy with friends, family, and your weekend foursome. We’ve got a great season on tap with playing opportunities for all NHGA members at great NH courses across the state. We’ll crown the 114th New Hampshire Amateur Champion this July at Bretwood Golf Course and the New Hampshire Open will be contested on the classic Donald Ross design at Manchester Country Club. We also have great playing opportunities for anyone with an active GHIN handicap, including a Tournament Series schedule featuring Wentworth by the Sea Country Club, Lake Sunapee Country Club, Baker Hill Golf Club, and Concord Country Club. Thanks to all of our host courses and we invite you to contact our office with questions about any of our tournament programs. As we head into another exciting golf season, it’s an important time to think critically about the role that golf plays in our state. More than providing a great leisure activity and time outdoors, the game continues to have a profound impact on the economy, the environment, and charities across New Hampshire. Each year, the NHGA gives back close to $150,000 to the game; statewide the game generates a total economic impact of more than $500 million dollars. More than 6,000 jobs are created by golf and the industry ranks behind only skiing and boating in terms of its total economic impact in the Granite State. Recently, the NHGA has started to work more closely with our allied golf associations to create a New Hampshire Golf Alliance. Our goal is to monitor trends in legislation that may have an effect on the game. As noted above, golf makes a dramatic impact on the economy in New Hampshire. More than that, our golf courses provide valuable green space and the professionally trained men and women of the New Hampshire Golf Course Superintendents Association (NHGCSA) work with the utmost care and concern for the health of the environment and their local communities. We’ve embraced the creation of the New Hampshire Golf Alliance and look forward to positively influencing how golf is perceived statewide. We’re also very fortunate to be associated with a game that can give back. New Hampshire golf course owners, club managers, and PGA Professionals are happy to serve as access points for fundraising activities for charities across the state. Numerous charitable events are held at New Hampshire golf courses each year and benefit organizations like the McDonough Scholarship Foundation and The First Tee of Hampshire. It’s important to remember that your support of the NHGA allows us to continue to positively impact the game in many different ways. Through our tournament programs, junior golf tour, course rating, handicapping administration, and educational seminars, the NHGA is working to protect and grow the game for all golfers. In the coming months, we’ll be rolling out details of a new and enhanced relationship between the NHGA and the USGA. This will allow us to streamline and enhance the way that we deliver our products and services to member clubs and individual golfers. We continue to monitor trends within the industry in an effort to remain on the cutting edge of technology for our members and clubs. Many of you will see a new tournament administration software at your home club as we launch USGA Tournament Management Club this spring and summer. This product is backed by Golf Genius and will allow club staff and members to enjoy a richer tournament experience at their home facility. There are also significant changes on the horizon for our handicapping software which will create a more user-friendly and modern experience for each of our members. We’re committed to making sure that golf is still a rewarding and enriching experience for those that have played the game for their entire life and for those who are picking up a club for the first time. We welcome your feedback as we grow and evolve as an organization and invite you to think about giving back to the game by becoming a volunteer. Our professional staff is always available to answer questions. We’re excited for another season of golf in New Hampshire and thank all of your for your continued support of the NHGA and the game of golf.

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Dear Members of the New Hampshire Golf Community: It’s with great excitement that I wel-

come all of you to another edition of NH Golf Magazine and the start of an exciting golf season in New Hampshire. I’m honored to be writing as President of the NHGA and want to sincerely thank our immediate Past President Joe Kane for his service and dedication to the organization. Besides his service to the NHGA, Joe has been a longtime USGA Committee Member and helped organize the effort that brought the first ever USGA championship to New Hampshire, the 2012 US Junior Amateur. He’s left some big shoes to fill but also set us on a course for continued growth and expansion. On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I want to thank all of you for your continued support of the NHGA. I’m very excited to have taken over as President during a time of massive change in the state and regional golf community. The USGA has recently outlined a new collaborative working environment in which amateur golf associations will be able to more effectively deliver goods and services to ALL amateur golfers. This streamlining will allow us to better serve all of you and to provide the best in technological solutions and customer service to our member clubs. Our staff is hard at working planning for this transition. The NHGA will continue in our effort to become an organization that provides services for all genders and handicaps. We look forward to finding ways to grow our existing programs and enhance the golfing experience. As a board, we’ve been excited to work more closely with the New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association and to identify areas of collaboration that might not have existed in the past. Additionally, we plan to add several additional female members to our board this fall so that we can better represent the needs of all golfers in our state. Starting in 2018, you’ll begin to see one centralized message from the NHGA that will be relevant to golfers of all genders and ability levels. The NHGA will also be adding to its staff by hiring a Director of Women’s Golf. This individual will have the responsibility of supporting existing women’s programs across the state and will also focus on providing new and exciting opportunities that will appeal to all players, regardless of handicap. We believe that adding this individual to our staff is an important part of our commitment to equi-

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tably provide competitions and programs for all golfers based on demand and our current golfer demographics. We continue to be hard at work planning for 2018 and beyond. As excited as we are for the future, we’re also thrilled at what the 2017 golf season will bring. I want to thank all of our host golf courses. We’re able to put together a great schedule because of the willingness of clubs to host an NHGA or NHGA Junior Tour event. If your club is hosting this year, we would encourage you to get involved by playing or volunteering. If you’d like to see your club on the schedule in future years, simply reach out to our tournament staff for more details. I’d also be remiss if I didn’t take the time to point out the overwhelmingly generous contribution of the Steve and Marjorie Thorpe Family Foundation. For the third consecutive year, they’ve pledged their support to the NHGA Junior Golf Tour. This affordable program gives our young players access to tournaments across the state. In addition, the Foundation will once again fund a $1,000 scholarship for a worthy Junior Tour alum. Steve and Marjorie’s commitment to seeing junior golf grow in New Hampshire is a testament to how golf can bring out the best in all of us. I look forward to what I believe will be one of our best seasons ever. I invite you to visit us online and via our social media platforms to stay up to date on everything going on with the NHGA. As President, I welcome any feedback you can provide and if you have any questions or concerns about the NHGA, please feel free to contact me. I wish you nothing but the best in 2017 and look forward to seeing you on the course.

Glenn Walton President, New Hampshire Golf Association

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NHGA News and Notes

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Thorpe Family Foundation Sponsors Junior Tour The NHGA Junior Tour and Junior Tour Scholarship this year will be supported through the generosity of the Thorpe Family Foundation. The tour and scholarship were previously sponsored by Steve Thorpe’s Adaptive Communications for two years before the Stephen Thorpe, owner of Adaptive company was acquired by Optiv Communications Security. Through the Thorpe Family Foundation, Steve and his family will continue to support the Junior Tour and will once again be providing a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving Junior Tour member who will be attending college in the coming year. The first-ever Junior Tour Scholarship was awarded to Dawson Campbell (Newport CC) who currently attends Johnson and Wales University. “I feel very fortunate to be able to help sponsor the NH Junior Tour,” Thorpe says. “Golf has played an important role in the lives of many of my family members, friends, and employees. The sport teaches core values of honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship which are very often lacking in today’s society. It’s truly a game for a lifetime and spending time on a golf course with those closest to you is a special gift that should never be taken for granted.” Thorpe is proud of the work the NHGA has done with the NHGA Junior Tour saying, “The NHGA has done a wonderful job in developing the Junior Tour and making the sport of golf available and affordable to the

youth of New Hampshire. I look forward to continuing to support their efforts going forward.” The relationship between the New Hampshire Golf Association and the Thorpe family has been growing since Adaptive Communications first came onboard with the NHGA Junior Tour in 2015. In 2016 they funded the first-ever Junior Scholarship. Though Adaptive Communications was recently acquired by Optiv, Steve did not want to discontinue the support; he felt that the Thorpe Family Foundation would be a great fit to continue the relationship and grow the game. “We’re overwhelmed by the continued generosity of Steve and the entire Thorpe family,” NHGA Executive Director Matt Schmidt says. “The way that they’ve embraced the NHGA and junior golf in New Hampshire is a testament to all the good things that golf can do for our young people. We’re thrilled to have support that will allow us to continue to provide playing opportunities for young men and women and to usher in a new generation of Granite State golfers.” Any player wishing to participate in the Junior Tour must register for a Junior Tour Membership and will receive a personalized bag tag, sleeve of golf balls, and golf towel. This year, any player age 18 or younger on June 24th is eligible for every event on the Junior Tour schedule. With the addition of those 18 years of age, the Eagle A ages will be 16-18 and Eagle B will be 13-15. More information about the NHGA Junior Golf Tour can be found under the Junior Golf tab of the New Hampshire Golf Association website: www.nhgolfassociation.org.

Everett Claims Senior Match Play Championship Title On an unusually warm day early in the season, the two players in the final match of the Championship flight of the Senior Match Play battled out two matches to determine a winner. Ultimately, Bill Everett (Laconia CC) had the edge on Mike Blair (Bretwood GC) winning the match 2 UP. The semifinal matches were hard fought battles between Bob Mielcarz (Concord CC) versus Mike Blair and Bill Everett versus Dave Kane (Derryfield CC). The Mielcarz/ Blair match needed one extra hole to determine the winner; Blair had the edge up on their 19th hole with a solid tee shot, while Mielcarz found the fairway bunker. Blair ended it quickly by draining his putt from just off the green for birdie. The Everett/Kane match used all 18 holes, with the match going into 18 all square. Kane was tangled amongst the trees from his tee shot giving Everett the green light. Everett took advantage of the opportunity to advance on to the final match. In the final match between Everett and Blair, they started by trading off on winning holes, but Blair was able to go three up in the match following the 9th played hole. Everett slowly climbed his way back after the 15th making it all square and again after the 16th going 1 UP. Each have been able to overcome difficult lies on various holes to keep it to a tight match. On their 17th hole, under pressure, Everett drained a lengthy putt 4 | Nh golf

for birdie to potentially win, but Blair answered right back to continue the match. The 18th hole of their match was won by Everett after Blair’s tee shot landed in a less than favorable position. “I thought if I don’t make some birdies here I’m going to lose the match,” Everett said after going down by three to Blair with six holes to play. “But I made three birdies and a conceded birdie on the last hole for four in a row. “This is my first-ever state-anything championship; I only started playing these tournaments when I was sixty.” Everett has consistently been in the hunt for a Championship within the last few years and his hard work has paid off. “It’s very nice to finally win one,” he says. Each competitor in the final match ended up playing at least 36 holes on the 86-degree day, with Blair ending up with 37 holes under his belt. Breakfast Hill Golf Club proved to be a great test for the top senior golfers in New Hampshire. In its second year, the Senior Match Play Championship mirrors the format of the NHGA Junior Championship. Competitors ages 55 and over play 18 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine their seed and flight for the match play rounds beginning Tuesday. The top 16 players are placed into the Championship Flight with the next 8 players being placed into the First Flight. 2017 Edition


Nashua Team Takes Home Victory at Club Team Championship In the second annual Club Team Championship, the Nashua Country Club team of Eric McCoy, Mike Martel, DJ Petropulos and Jaron Slattery led the field by shooting a total of 11 under par in a two best ball of the four-man team format. This year’s event was held at the 6,100 yard, Derryfield Country Club in Manchester. The team was able to capitalize on four holes where they were able to count two birdies, 9, 11, 13, and 15. Mike Martel alone shot one-under and helped the team with four birdies, while DJ Petropulos and Eric McCoy each contributed their fair share of birdies to their victory. Following close behind with 10 under par was Dan

Mulkern, Brett Wilson, Jeremy Muzzau, and Nick Hampoian from Golf Club of New England. From the Net Division of the Championship, the team of Kyle Wallace, Michael Manni, Colby Boppel, and Greg Rousseau representing Manchester Country Club took home the win with 18 under par. The team seemed to evenly contribute to the win with birdies where it counted. This is the second year of the Club Team Championship, and New Hampshire Golf Association Tournament Director Greg Howell says he could not have been more pleased with the turnout and excitement for this event.

“This is a great kickoff event for our championship players,” Howell says. “Derryfield is a great test for all the team and yielded a worthy champion.” Despite the chillier-than-expected spring weather, Derryfield Country Club played a great host to this tournament. The course played at just over 6,100 with a few holes playing into the wind. It tested the ability of some of the top amateur golfers in the State. Results for the 2017 Club Team Championship can be found here: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/977368

Campbell Receives Adaptive Communications Junior Scholarship Dawson Campbell, of Newport, New Hampshire, and a member of Newport Golf Club, has been selected as the first-ever recipient of the Adaptive Communications Junior Scholarship. Dawson was chosen for his academic excellence along with his participation and positive attitude on the golf course. “Golf has always been an important part of the culture at Adaptive Communications (now Optiv),” said Steve Thorpe of Adaptive Communications. “We have several golf enthusiasts in our company, many of whom have participated in NHGA events over the years. Golf is a sport which teaches important life lessons. These lessons translate well to the type of company we built in Adaptive. We are proud to be the primary sponsor of the NH Junior tour and I am very pleased to present our first scholarship to a worthy recipient in Dawson Campbell. We wish him the best as he pursues his educational and athletic goals at Johnson and Wales University.” NHGA Executive Director Matt Schmidt said it was a “truly a great day for the NHGA’s junior program – and for Dawson.” “We would also not be able to present this fantastic scholarship without the help and support of Steve and the entire team at Adaptive,” Schmidt said. “They’ve shown a willingness to help our program expand and we believe the sky is the limit as we continue to grow junior golf in the Granite State. The entire NHGA congratulates Dawson and once again thanks Adaptive for supporting the NHGA junior golf program.” Currently a freshman at Johnson and Wales University, Dawson played in 12 Eagle events in the two years that he was on the Adaptive Communications Junior Tour. This past season he competed in the Junior Championship and qualified for the Junior Invitational. Academically, Dawson graduated in the top 10 of his class and in his first semester at Johnson and Wales made the Dean’s List with a 3.55 GPA. “I know Dawson is very happy to receive this award and is proud to represent the NH junior program,” said George Campbell, Dawson’s father

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and high school golf coach. “As his high school coach, I know that playing against the best in the state had prepared him for not only his high school golf season, but also got him mentally prepared for the challenges of playing in college.” The New Hampshire Golf Association and Adaptive Communications are proud to name Dawson Campbell as the recipient of the Adaptive Communications Junior Scholarship. Dawson clearly demonstrates that he is a student first but also loves golf and has been fortunate enough to play in both high school and college. The Adaptive Communications Junior Scholarship is a new addition to the Junior Tour. It is awarded to an alumnus of the Adaptive Communications Junior Tour who is currently attending college. All candidates for the scholarship should demonstrate talent in the classroom and ethics on the golf course.

Pictured (L to R): Steve Thorpe, Adaptive Communications; Dawson Campbell; Greg Howell, NHGA Tournament Director

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Annual Champions Dinner Celebrates Granite State Golf The NHGA Champions Dinner, where tournaments winners, Players of the Year and the annual honoree are announced, drew scores of golfers to the Manchester Country Club last fall to highlight milestones, and to honor the achievements of important figures in the organization. This year’s honoree was Bob Erb, who was honored for his many years of work for the Richard D. McDonough Golf Scholarship Foundation.

Hannah Drew, the Eagle Girls Player of the Year.

Hunter Drew, the Eagle A Boys Player of the Year.

Matt Paradis, the Thomas J. Leonard Player of the Year.

Rich Berberian, 2016 PGA Professional’s Champion.

Scotty Senatore, Birdie Boys Player of the Year.

Shivani Vora, the Birdie Girls Player of the Year.

Phil Pleat, Senior Player of the Year, is presented with his award by Tournament Director Greg Howell.

Champions Dinner honoree Bob Erb speaks during the annual gathering at the Manchester Country Club.

Eagle B Boys Player of the Year CJ LaDue, right, is joined by the NHGA’s 2016 PJ Boatwright Intern Chris Clayton.

Bob is presented his award by NHGA Executive Director Matt Schmidt.

Q&A

New Hampshire Golf Association Tournaments

From May through October, the NHGA runs a variety of tournaments for both the competitive and recreational golfer. For those who have never played in a NHGA tournament, these FAQs will help.

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What do I need and how do I sign up for a NHGA tournament? The main requirement to participate in a NHGA tournament is an active New Hampshire GHIN handicap. Once you have an established handicap, you are free to sign up for any event you are eligible for. Some events require a specific handicap and some are age specific. To sign up, you can visit the NHGA website, www.nhgolfassociation.org and find the Tournament Schedule from the ‘com-

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petitions’ menu. By clicking a specific event you can find all the details associated with that tournament. All registration and payment is done through the tournament schedule site and you will receive a confirmation email upon completion of your registration.

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What is the handicap requirement to participate in a NHGA event? NAll players are required to have an active New Hampshire GHIN handicap to participate. Some tournaments do have a handicap index limit to participate, while others are open to any index. NHGA Championship tournaments as well as the Stroke Play Series require the player to have an index of 12.0 or lower to play. Most other events on the

NHGA schedule do not have a limit and are open to anyone with an active New Hampshire handicap. There are tournaments for all ages, genders, and playing abilities on the NHGA schedule.

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My friends and I are signed up to play in the Tournament Series at Baker Hill, can we be paired together? We encourage you to pick your group at any of the Tournament Series events! These events are meant to be a fun day of golf with your friends or with a group of golfers that you might be meeting for the first time. Tournament Series events have a laid back and relaxed atmosphere on a great New Hampshire golf course. 2 0 1 7 E diti o n


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More NHGA News NHGA Adds New Series of Tournaments for Low Handicap Players

The New Hampshire Golf Association (NHGA) announced it has added the Stroke Play Series to the 2017 Tournament Schedule. The purpose of the series is to provide more competitive playing opportunities, outside of the regular NHGA championships, for the low handicap golfers throughout the state. The Stroke Play Series is targeted towards players with a handicap of 12.0 and lower. Each Stroke Play Series event will be an 18-hole round played at different courses around the state. Each event will offer a Regular and Senior division, prizes will be awarded and those participating will have the opportunity to earn Player of the Year and Tri-State Team points. NHGA Tournament Director, Greg Howell,

Pleat Wins 2016 New England Senior Phil Pleat of Nashua Country Club won the 2016 New England Senior Championship held at Crestwood Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Pleat outlasted some of the top players from around New England over the 36hole event. This title adds to Pleat’s NHGA Senior Championship which was held at Montcalm Golf Club earlier last September. Pleat was steady over the course of the event carding nine birdies against just four bogies. The title capped a busy fall for the 19-time NHGA Champion. Pleat also qualified for the 2017 USGA Four Ball with son James and the two will compete this year at the Pinehurst resort in North Carolina. Other NHGA players in the field: Mike Blair (Bretwood GC) - T9; Tony Fournier (Portsmouth CC) - T35; Keving Doherty (Manchester CC) - T85; Don Reid (Nashua CC) - T94; Tony Battelle (New Hampshire Seniors) - T101. 8 | N h g o l f

expressed his excitement for the new additions to the schedule. “We have a steadfast desire to add playing opportunities to New Hampshire golfers of all ages and abilities,” Howell said. “The Stroke Play Series will be an excellent opportunity for the top players in the Granite State to compete and earn Player of the Year points in addition to prizes.” This year’s Stroke Play Series will have four events spanning from May to September. The Series will kick off at Green Meadow Golf Club on May 25, followed by Loudon Country Club on June 15, Sky Meadow Country Club on July 24 and concluding with Kingswood Golf Club on September 18. Each event is just $60 to play and anyone interested in playing should sign up online through the New Hampshire Golf Association Tournament Registration page. The NHGA will continue to conduct the Tournament Series – events open to golfers of all ability levels with no restriction on handicap index. The Tournament Series will be visiting Wentworth by the Sea on May 6, Lake Sunapee Country Club on June 22, and Concord Country Club on October 29.

New Hampshire Claims Third Straight Tri-State in 2016 Team New Hampshire has claimed its third consecutive Tri-State Championship in a rain shortened event at Belgrade Lakes in Maine. The team claimed 13 of a possible 14 points in an unprecedented display of dominance during the Round 1 Alternate Shot round on Saturday. Before any groups could finish on Sunday, the states got together to agree to cancel the second round due to rain and dangerous weather. The NHGA would like to thank the MESGA for hosting a great event and Belgrade Lakes Golf Club and its staff for the hospitality for the weekend.

NHGA Makes Donation to New Hampshire Food Bank The New Hampshire Golf Association (NHGA) this past winter donated 88 pounds of food along with a monetary donation to the New Hampshire Food Bank. The donation was made possible through the NHGA’s Pints Fore Hunger event that occurred at Great North Aleworks in Manchester on January 18th. Thirty people made it out to Great North Aleworks for the NHGA’s Pints Fore Hunger event and each either made a monetary donation or brought donation items for the New Hampshire Food Bank. According to the New Hampshire Food Bank, the 88 pounds of food and money that was donated will provide 445 meals to those in need throughout the Granite State. “This was a great way for our members to get together during the long winter and support a great New Hampshire charity,” NHGA Executive Director Matt Schmidt said. “The Food Bank means so much to so many and we were thrilled at the support and turnout of our members. We look forward to growing Pints for Hunger and working with both Great North Aleworks and the NH Food Bank for many years to come.” The event supported the New Hampshire Food Bank in multiple ways. Not only were donations a form of entry to Tournament Director Greg Howell, left, and the event, but the New Hampshire Food Bank Culinary Job Director of Communications Kate Kellar, right, Training Program catered the event. Paul Morrison and his make a donation to the N.H. Food Bank. team at the New Hampshire Food Bank put together a great spread of food, which is something they do often for events at Great North Aleworks. The New Hampshire Golf Association is pleased to be able to give back to a worthy charity in the State and bring our members out to Great North Aleworks to enjoy a casual, social evening. 2017 Edition


leaderboard NHGA Tournament listings schedule April 15

2017 Rules Clinic Beaver Meadow Golf Course, Concord

May 6

2017 Tournament Series at Wentworth Wentworth by the Sea Country Club, Rye

May 7

2017 Spring Four-Ball Kingswood Golf Club, Wolfeboro

May 13

2017 Club Team Championship Derryfield Country Club, Manchester

May 15-17

2017 Senior Match Play Championship Breakfast Hill Golf Club, Greenland

May 21-23

2017 Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship Beaver Meadow Golf Course, Concord

June 3-4

2017 Players Invitational Baker Hill Golf Club, Newbury

June 10-11

2017 Four-Ball Championship Canterbury Woods Country Club, Canterbury; and Owl’s Nest Golf Club, Thornton

June 27-29

2017 Junior Championship Stonebridge Country Club Goffstown

Rochester Country Club, Rochester

September 16

2017 Fall Four-Ball Eastman Golf Links, Grantham

September 20-21

2017 Senior Championship North Conway Country Club, North Conway

June 22

October 5-7

July 10-15

October 15-16

2017 Tournament Series at Lake Sunapee Lake Sunapee Country Club, New London 2017 New Hampshire Amateur Championship Bretwood Golf Course, Keene

July 26-28

2017 New Hampshire Open Championship Manchester Country Club, Bedford

August 1

2017 Parent-Child Championship Candia Woods Golf Links, Candia

2017 Mid-Amateur Championship Bald Peak Colony Club, Melvin Village 2017 Senior Four Ball 2017 Mid-Amateur Four Ball Mount Washington Resort Golf Club, Bretton Woods

October 29

2017 Tournament Series at Concord Country Club Concord Country Club, Concord

August 8-10

2017 Stroke Play Championship

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2017 Eagle at Newport Newport Golf Club, Newport 2017 Hoodkroft Junior Open Hoodkroft Country Club, Derry 2017 Eagle at Nippo Lake Nippo Lake Golf Course, Barrington 2017 Eagle at Waukewan Waukewan Golf Course, Center Harbor

2017 Birdie at Intervale Intervale Country Club, Manchester 2017 Eagle at Beaver Meadow Beaver Meadow Golf Course, Concord 2017 Birdie at Indian Mound Indian Mound Golf Course, Ossipee

2017 Birdie at Hidden Creek Hidden Creek Country Club, Litchfield 2017 Eagle at Derryfield Derryfield Country Club, Manchester 2017 Junior Scramble The Shattuck Golf Club, Jaffrey

2017 Eagle at Windham Windham Country Club, Windham

leaderboard 2017 Stroke Play listings Series Schedule Starting in 2017, the NHGA will be providing opportunities for players with a handicap of 12.0 or lower to compete against each other 18-hole, stroke play tournaments held at courses around the state. These events will offer a regular and senior division (all players will play from the same set of tees), and will have prizes and Player of the Year/Tri-State Points available for both divisions. Points and Prize money will be dependent on the number of entrants. Players with questions can contact NHGA Tournament Director Greg Howell at greg@nhgolf. com. To register for a Stroke Play Series event, please visit NHGolfAssociation.org.

May 25

Green Meadow Golf Club, Hudson

June 15

Loudon Country Club, Loudon

July 24

Sky Meadow Country Club, Nashua

September 18

Kingswood Golf Club, Wolfeboro

2017 Stroke Play Series cost is $60 per event. Official Magazine of the New Hampshire Golf Association

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The McDonough Golfing lifeScholarship Foundation

President’s Report Welcome to the beginning of a new

golf season. It does not really seem possible, but our Foundation turns 62 this year. I invite all of you to celebrate the momentous year and again ask for your financial support for the benefit of our scholars. 2016 was another successful year that provides impetus for continued growth and the prospects of further accomplishment. We awarded $105,000.00 last year. We hope that growth continues, with your support. Our scholars have worked to support our country clubs and golf courses in many positions. Our scholarship awards are greatly appreciated to defray the ever-increasing costs of education. The awards go directly to the individual student in order to adversely affect other financial aid they may receive. That factor is very important. I am proud to have been on the Board since the late 90s, and entering my ninth year as president. In moving forward, we have upgraded our presence on the internet. We have a Facebook page: facebook.com/mcdonoughfoundation. Please check it out and like us. We have learned how much our scholars depend and rely upon the internet and strive to expand the ability to contact and communicate with students and alumni. Please check us out and update your contact information in order to keep our lines of communication open. Year after year, we seek to leave no stone unturned in seeking new avenues to raise money. Regardless of the outcomes, we forge ahead driven by this labor of love for the game of golf and recognizing the genuine affection to providing scholarships. I commend the diligent efforts by our all volunteer Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is well established, but is always interested in speaking with any of you who may be willing to serve. We always need your help. No donation is too small. When you see a student at the club, think about sending in a contribution. When a student does something special for you at your course, think about sending in a contribution. My request is to keep our Foundation high on your list of priorities

when making charitable contributions. We will always rely upon and honor your support for many years to come. We have now exceeded $2,400,000.00 in awards. All recipients and their families should be proud but, frankly, now have an obligation to preserve the McDonough Foundation by helping us out. As wonderful as that is, it is clearly no time to rest on our laurels. The major component of fundraising is attributable to Club Donations under the Club Relations Committee. The contributing clubs have expanded recently and we continue to seek assistance from every club in the State. Increasing revenues and financial support from clubs is paramount in the continuation of McDonough. The Board wishes to increase club contributions and approach clubs whose students have benefitted but have not raised corresponding funds. I have suggested each year on how clubs can increase their financial assistance. The Board of Directors would be happy to discuss any type of option for tournaments, contributions, fun times and the like. We will have our annual tournament at Manchester Country Club at the end of August. McDonough will also be a beneficiary of a special Pro-Am tournament that will be held at Golf Club of New England on September 18, 2017. We hope you will respond by getting a group together. We also have a number of sponsorship levels, beginning at a mere $100.00. As I said before, every financial contribution, though appearing miniscule on its face, is of great benefit. Our Permanent Fund continues to grow. New Hampshire seniors have committed to establish a named scholarship fund in the years ahead. We will always seek options of establishing named Scholarship Funds. If anyone has questions, please contact us and we will fill you in on the details. I wish all of you well and much success during the 2017 golf season.

John Wolkowski President, The McDonough Foundation

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The McDonough Scholarship Winners Announced The Richard D. McDonough Caddie Scholarship Foundation recently awarded scholarship grants to 58 young men and women employed at New Hampshire golf courses who are currently attending dozens of different colleges and universities. The McDonough Foundation was established in 1955 to award college scholarships to caddies who worked at New Hampshire golf clubs. Any student employee of a New Hampshire golf course or club is eligible to apply. Application forms and instructions for applying for both new and returning scholars can found on the Foundation website at mcdonough. memfirstweb.net or on the Foundation’s Facebook page at facebook.com/mcdonoughfoundation. The application can be completed electronically or printed and submitted as a hard copy. The most recent scholarship recipients are listed below by name, club affiliation and college they are attending: Ryan Boyle, Abenaqui CC, Clemson University William Knutson, Abenaqui CC, Cornell University

Mitchel Fortin, Manchester CC/Candia Woods, Sacred Heart University

Jane Douglas, Abenaqui CC, Keene State College

Garron Morneau, Maplewood CC, Keene State

Lauren Blazon, Abenaqui CC, Merrimack College

Bethany Fennessey, Nashua CC, Colby-Sawyer College

Tanner Corbett, Abenaqui CC, Plymouth State University

Haley Fritch, Nashua CC, UC Los Angeles

Claire King, Abenaqui CC, Providence College

Amanda Myers, Nashua CC, UMass - Lowell

Francis Quinn, Abenaqui CC, Saint Anselm College

Zoey Shapiro, Nashua CC, UMass - Lowell

Kelsey Gallagher, Abenaqui CC, Seattle University

Christian Sullivan, Nashua CC, University of Michigan

William Saunders, Abenaqui CC, University of NH Ryan Lamers, Abenaqui CC, University of NH Rebecca Scaer, Abenaqui CC, University of NH Liam McNamara, Abenaqui CC/Sagamore GC, Ohio State University Geneva Heffernan, Baker Hill GC, Temple University Paul Tessier, Bald Peak CC, Nichols College William Tessier, Bald Peak CC, University of NH Sara Feith, Cocheco CC, Florida Gulf Coast Thomas Bengston, Cocheco CC, Georgia Tech Ryan Colby, Cocheco CC, Southern NH University Brittany Catcher, Cocheco CC, University of NH Michael McCarthy, Cocheco CC, University of NH Andre Kepler, Eastman Golf Links, SUNY Delhi William Pollard, GC of New England, Penn State University Nicholas Doucette, GC of New England, University of NH Kyli VanCuren, Hoodkroft GC, UNH - Manchester

Sam Nielsen, Nashua CC, University of NH Will Johnstone, Owl’s Nest GC, Plymouth State University Jake O’Donnell, Passaconaway CC, Colorado State University Samuel Munnelly, Passaconaway CC, UMass - Lowell Tyler Swarthout, Pheasant Ridge GC/Pine Grove Springs CC, Husson University Kaela Sweetland, Pheasant Ridge GC/Pine Grove Springs CC, University of NH Carter Mercer, Pheasant Ridge GC/Pine Grove Springs CC, University of NH Michael Brabazon, Portsmouth CC, Manhattanville College Tyler Whitten, Sagamore GC, Saint Joseph’s University Maggie McGown, Stonebridge GC, University of Connecticut Sydney April, The Oaks GL, University of NH

Brendan Ranagan, Keene CC, University of NH

Ashley Tewksbury, The Oaks GL/Nashua CC, Coastal Carolina

Jack Pierce, Kingswood GC, Clark University

Samuel Main, The Shattuck GC, University of NH

Nora Owens, Manchester CC, James Madison University

Jake Borden, The Shattuck GC, West Virginia Wesleyan

Jared Lamy, Manchester CC, Plymouth State University

Christopher Saunders, Wentworth by the Sea CC, University of NH

Evan Tyros, Manchester CC, Southern NH University

Brody Horning, Wentworth by the Sea CC, UNH - Manchester

Alexander Pratt, Manchester CC, St. Lawrence University

Bailey Nangle, White Mountain CC, Husson University

Matthew Grassett, Manchester CC, UMass - Lowell

Mackenzie Fullerton, White Mountain CC, Plymouth State University

Aidan Wheeler, Manchester CC, University of Colorado-Boulder Richards Silas, Manchester CC, University of NH Official Magazine of the New Hampshire Golf Association

McDonough Permanent Fund: Funding for the 21st. Century The McDonough Permanent Fund, an endowment fund, was created in April 2000 with the expressed intent of providing an avenue whereby a donor or donors could establish an endowed scholarship in the honor of an individual or in memory of a loved one. To date, eleven named scholarships have been endowed in the amount of $488,000. In addition there are currently four restricted scholarships which are funded on an annual basis by various associations in honor or in memory of an individual or in the name of the association. Together, these scholarships have provided $244,800 in scholarship grants over the past 16 years. The Foundation expresses its sincere gratitude to the following individuals, organizations and foundations for their contributions to the Permanent Fund in 2016. The McDonough Society $5,000 to $9,999 The SPOUT Foundation The Legacy Society - $1,000 to $4,999 Baker Hill Golf Club, Bob and Judy Erb The Student Society - $500 to $999 John and Jeanne Kinhan The Foundation Society - up to $499 Paul & Jean Anter, D.K. Benjamin, Mary Pat Bilodeau, John D. Doykos, Brian Hayward, Mitchell Jean, William and Marcia Krueger, Malone, DiRubbo & Co. P.C., Virginia Mars, P. Raymond Phelan, Raymond and Carmel Roberts, Todd Schweizer, Dianne Smaha, Emma Tillotson, Richard and Pamela Wagner

Bertrand Wieliczko, White Mountain CC, West Virginia University

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Bretwood to Host 2017 Amateur Championship Granite State’s Best Descend on Keene Club for First Time Since 2000

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retwood Golf Course, host club for the 2017 New Hampshire Amateur Championship, is a true Granite State story of a family’s love of the land, hard work, independence and commitment to the game of golf. The Barrett family has owned the sprawling 300 acre river bottom property located in the Cheshire County town of Keene since 1950 when brothers Toby and Ellis Barrett and their wives Janis and Joye, bought the land to use as a dairy farm. The brothers, their wives and children (five apiece) dutifully worked the land, milked their cows and grew their herd until a disaster struck which forever changed the family business. On a warm and humid June morning in 1967 Toby and Ellis awoke to find their milking barn engulfed in flames.

Nothing could be saved, but in true farm tradition, 150 area farmers descended on the Surry Road site to build the Barretts a new milking barn by 7:30 p.m. that night. Dairy cows must be milked every day, and the farmers made sure the Barrett herd was taken care of. Although the farm was back up and running, the damage was done. The two families had a meeting that night and decided that they would quit farming and go into the golf course business. The idea wasn’t exactly out of the blue, and traces its genesis back to 1939 in West Keene. The Barrett brothers were born in the old stone farmhouse, so familiar to Keene residents, and next door to a long-since gone nine hole golf course named Winding Brook.

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Shown, two of the five covered bridges that cross the Ashuelot River. Ellis Barrett cut the trees and milled out all the lumber for the covered bridges on the course.

Hugh Barrett, Toby’s son, got a taste of designing and building golf holes while working on the original 18 at Bretwood. With the breakout success of the course, Hugh designed, and the family built, first another nine then a fourth nine, turning the facility in to 36 holes – Bretwood South and Bretwood North – by the mid-1990s. In between, he found time to hone his own golf game enough to win the New Hampshire Amateur in 1980, taking out his opponent in the 36 hole final by a then-record 11 & 10. He also was busy raising a family that includes one of the best young golfers to ever come out of New Hampshire – Chelso Barrett. The younger Barrett won three consecutive Division 1 high school championships while at Keene High School, the 2010 and 2012 New Hampshire Junior title and the 2013 New Hampshire Stroke Play Championship. He has also competed in five U.S. Amateurs and three U.S. Junior Amateurs, where in 2011 he finished seventh in the stroke play qualifier before running off five consecutive match play wins to reach the final. He ended up losing in the final to a 17-year-old from Texas named Jordan Spieth, who has gone on to fame and fortune on the PGA Tour. Chelso will graduate in 2017 from Texas Christian University before attempting to qualify for the Canadian pro tour. Toby and Ellis’s father was a farm equipment dealer for Through all the growth and expansion of the golf facilities, International Harvester and the Barrett equipment was used to build Winding Brook. As a child, Toby got his first taste of the Barrett family only borrowed money once – $10,000 to buy irrigation pipe for the original 18 hole course. Everything what a golf course looked like while working there for 12½ else they either did themselves, or paid cash to subcontraccents an hour in 1939. Toby enlisted in the Army at 18-years-old, and was prompt- tors. Ellis Barrett cut the trees and milled out all the lumber for the five covered bridges that cross the Ashuelot River as ly assigned to an equipment depot thanks to his familiarity the golf courses wend their way around and across the water. with heavy equipment. He was so good at it he made second All the Barrett children worked at the golf course at one lieutenant before he turned 19. Still, he never got the image of a golf course out of his mind. time or another, and some still do. Most got their start picking up balls on the driving range. Hugh Barrett started at age six. “I used to think about golf all the time while on the farm,” “We didn’t even have a range picker machine for the first Toby says. “I used to picture golf holes in the fields while I was 20 years we were open,” Hugh Barrett says. “We did it all by riding the tractor.” Prior to the fire, the Barretts enlisted the dean of New Eng- hand. If we didn’t have the money to buy something, we didn’t buy it.” land golf course architecture, Geoffrey Cornish, to assess the Ellis’ son, Matt Barrett, ran the pro shop until he retired site. He is said to have called it, “One of the easiest places to after 30 years in 2016. Toby’s daughter, Bonnie Barrett Shortbuild a golf course I’ve ever seen.” sleeve, has run the food and beverage all along, and now her Rich river bottom land with deep loam on top of sandy husband, Chuck, has taken over in the pro shop. Her brother gravel offered a great environment for the course, and with Tom Barrett has been the course superintendent. Two of the meandering Ashuelot River providing water and interest Ellis’s daughters also remain involved: Julie Barrett owns a for hole design, it was perfect for golf. After securing a routing and greens plan from Cornish, the greenhouse business where she grows the beautiful flowers for Bretwood, and Kathy Blair has run junior clinics over Barrett family began building their golf course. Manning the the years. bulldozers and excavators, they had nine holes up and runcontinued on next page ning by July of 1968, and the second nine by the next spring. Official Magazine of the New Hampshire Golf Association

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Get to Know: Bretwood North

What: Host club for the 2017 New Hampshire Amateur Championship Address: 365 E Surry Rd, Keene, NH Contact: (603) 352-7626 • www.bretwoodgolf.com Par: 72 (37-35) Length: 6,974 yards Hazards: Water comes into play on nine of the holes. Accuracy: The par-3, 13th hole. At just 145 yards, it’s an island green, which requires pinpoint placement. Distance: The second hole, a par-5, is a long 612 yards.

Joining the family members on staff at Bretwood is Keene native and PGA professional John Pawlak, who returns home after extensive stints at Tater Hill in Vermont and the Mount Washington Resort Golf Club in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. John heads up the teaching department. All along the Barretts and Bretwood have given back to the game by hosting a multitude of tournaments and cham14 | N h g o l f

pionships for the NHGA. Bretwood has hosted the State Am once before, in 2000, the New Hampshire Open in 1981 and then 15 times between 1990 and 2005. It played host to the New Hampshire Junior Championship, and the 1997 New Hampshire Mid-Amateur. The idea of having the New Hampshire Amateur return to Bretwood in 2017 came about rather casually. Hugh Barrett was at Mount Washington

watching his son Chelso play in the 2015 New Hampshire Amateur and got talking with then-Tournament Director John Jelley about the 2017 championship, which had yet to find a home. John and NHGA Executive Director Matt Schmidt gave a big thumbs-up to the idea, and once the family patriarch Toby signed on, the deal was done. Schmidt was particularly pleased to have Bretwood on the schedule. “It’s a good location, as we certainly want to take the State Am around to different parts of the state,” he says. “Just going back a few years, you have Golf Club of New England, Stonebridge, Mount Washington, Laconia, and Bretwood. That’s a pretty good cross section of New Hampshire. “Bretwood has always gone out of its way to host events. They’ve done a multitude of USGA Public Links and Boys Junior qualifiers. The entire family has been very supportive of the NHGA and with multiple champions in the family, it makes perfect sense. The golf course is also very worthy of hosting the State Am. It’s a good test.” That test, for the 2017 New Hampshire Amateur, will be on Bretwood North, a par 72 (37-35) measuring 6,974 yards from the tips, with water coming into play on nine of the holes. The course boasts large Penncross bentgrass greens protected by strategically-placed bunkers and mounds, rolling fairways, numerous elevation changes and plenty of water. New Hampshire’s best amateurs can expect top notch tournament conditions. Those conditions will be brought to the North course by none other than Derek MacAllister, himself a former New Hampshire Amateur champion, who is now the superintendent. “We always keep our courses in great shape,” says Toby Barrett. “These great players deserve the best and they will get it here at Bretwood for the 2017 New Hampshire Amateur Championship.” b 2017 Edition


what the pro knows

By John Pawlak, PGA Professional, Bretwood Golf Course

The Dollar Bill This drill is designed to help improve proper form and structure at the most important part of the swing – the start. Something I see in a lot of beginners, intermediate and even advanced golfers, is that too many times, when they take the club back they snatch it back with the biceps or their shoulders. They take it back quickly with their hands. They end up bending or hinging the target side arm at the wrist or the elbow. What happens is if we start taking the club back too quickly with our hands or utilizing the biceps or the latissimi dorsi (lat) muscles to pick the club up, we start to create a sharp angle of attack into the ball rather than a sweeping or a shallow arc. A lot of beginners have a tendency to hit heavy, or they worry about hitting it heavy so they lift up and top the ball. What I like to talk about is keying on a visual cue of a dollar bill – making believe there’s a dollar bill stapled right to the ground behind the ball. When they take the club back, sweep it back along the ground the length of that dollar bill. This is a positive move, a onepiece takeaway.

This drill does three things.

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q It takes the club back in one piece and at a slow pace. w It allows the body to turn and not get too handsy e It encourages a nice, shallow arc.

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Manchester Country Club to Host the 2017 New Hampshire Open

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ne of the great allures of golf in New England is the history associated with many of the clubs in the region. New Hampshire is no different as many historic and hidden gems dot the golf landscape. One of these is Manchester Country Club which will host the New Hampshire Open in 2017. The club was completed in 1923 by famed architect Donald Ross. Ross was instrumental in the creation of the club, having a hand in the selection of the land and overseeing the design and construction of the golf course. Just 22 years after the club opened, MCC underwent some significant financial turmoil as the club slid into bankruptcy. While the club survived this troubled time, many of the charms of Ross’s design were lost due to lack of money, neglect of maintenance, and the passage of time. In 2007, the club and its members embarked on a plan to bring back the historical charm and significance of the original layout of the

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golf course. It’s been a labor of love for MCC & NHGA Board Member David Larrivee. An avid golf architecture enthusiast, the project has been at times exciting and frustrating for Larrivee, who’s happy that some of the original plans will be implemented for the State Open this year. “The course went through some tough times in the mid 1940’s after WW2, and during the lean years many of the course fairway bunkers were eliminated,” he said. Larrivee, a longtime MCC member, has spent time digging through historical records and photos to help complete the puzzle of what MCC originally looked like. “The only proof of the changes came from 18 original photos taken in 1923 before the club opened, in fact, before the clubhouse was built,” said Larrivee. “These photos were critical to the Long Range Improvement Plan (LRIP) put together in 2007 by Ross Renovation Architect Ron Forse of Forse Design.” Some of the historical documents were housed at the club 2017 Edition


History in the making: The top photo is of one of the original bunkers from 1923. The bottom photo shows recent in-progress improvements to the #2 fairway bunker. The left photo is of the newly-built Golf House viewed from hole #4.

and others were found by digging through microfiche sheets at local libraries. The process hasn’t been all old school as the club has used some of the most sophisticated technology on the planet to map out where old bunkers had been filled in. The results have been nothing short of astounding. “In what is believed to be the first use of this technology for golf course renovation, we deployed Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to generate 3-D images of many areas on the course where there appeared to be topographical evidence of bunkers which had been ‘plowed over’ or where there was clearly lack of strategy in the design of a hole – something which would be rare for a Ross design,” said Larrivee. The changes will have a profound effect on the playability and sustainability of the golf course, all things that Larrivee sees as positives for the club. “The result is that several very strategic bunkers were found on several holes, which once rebuilt, will add significantly to the shot values at MCC,” he said. “The renovated and restored MCC will have wider lines of play with restored bunkers which will add back the strategy of the Ross design. It will also yield much improved turf conditions, with more sunlight and airflow throughout the course.” The changes were made not only with upcoming New Hampshire Open in mind. Larrivee noted the LRIP was grounded in the fact that the changes would fundamentally Official Magazine of the New Hampshire Golf Association

alter the course. “A stated goal of the Board of Directors is to have the course renovations completed in time for MCC’s Centennial in 2023,” Larrivee said. “A significant benefit of the LRIP, once fully implemented, is that the course will become much more ‘playable,’ which will include multiple teeing areas on each hole, making all the holes more playable for all level of players. When completed, MCC will stretch out to a 6900 yard par 71, and will play much longer due to the fairway undulations for which MCC is famous.” MCC General Manager Brian Kelley, PGA feels the changes will be well received by players at this year’s Open. “Those high-level amateurs and pros who haven’t played MCC in a couple years are going to be in for a treat,” said Kelley. “Our Director of Agronomy Dan Weitzel is a master in his trade, and last year had the course in the best shape in 20 years. With a mild winter, new back tees, and several newly restored strategic bunkers, we expect that all the players will find a true test of Donald Ross golf at Manchester Country Club this July.” b

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Treating the Athlete Seacoast Physical Therapist Focuses on Golfers

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here was a time when preparing for the golf season meant getting the clubs out of storage, booking a tee time and swinging away – and then spending a few days remembering the round every time a distressed back was twisted, a sore knee was bent or a tender shoulder barked painfully. These days, golfers who want to spend more time on the fairways and a little less time icing aches and pains are turning to professionals such as coaches and physical therapists to help ease the way back onto the course. Such preparation, according to experts, can help golfers avoid season-interrupting injuries as they head back to the tee box. “The way people train and prepare has definitely grown and changed ever since the late 90s when Tiger Woods came in,” Physical Therapist Ryan Hubbard, of Willem Verweij and Associates Physical Therapy, in Rochester, says. “He had that fitter, muscular look to him, and that’s when golf fitness was groundbreaking and took off.” Hubbard, 27, would know. A long-time golfer, he worked to become certified through the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) to specialize in treating, and helping people to avoid, injuries particular to golf. Common injuries include back pain, because of the rotational torque on the swing, but also a great deal of shoulder, upper back and hip pain, as well. “We see a lot of different things – everything from head to toe,” Hubbard says. “It affects their swing in different ways. “Right now, we see a lot of weekend warrior golfers. People come in with back pain or knee pain, and they see on the website that I work with golfers, and for whatever reason their pain or stiffness is preventing them from golfing on the weekends with their buddies. Some people like to golf with their spouse and their spouse is able to play but they’re not able to play.” The TPI certification program is an “evidence based, educational pathway designed to teach industry professionals how to increase player performance through a deep understanding of how the body functions during the golf swing.” Hubbard says it started with a chiropractor who worked with golfers and thought there could be a better, team-based approach to working with not only the recreational golfer but the competitive golfer. The program stresses a team approach: PGA professionals, physical therapists, chiropractors and fitness professionals all working together to get the most out of the golfer.

“There’s no perfect way to swing a golf club,” Hubbard says of what he learned during the TPI certification. “You can’t teach a 60-year-old guy to swing like Adam Scott or Tiger Woods. But based on your body type, our job is to figure out what the best swing is for you – to find your swing that way.” That process starts with a swing analysis at the Willem Verweij and Associates offices in Rochester. First, a physical screening is conducted, where the patient goes through each joint with functional movements to determine not only where pain might be, but where any stiffness might be coming from and where any body limitations are. “With my training as a physical therapist, I have the manual skills to help improve range of motion or decrease pain depending on where it’s coming from,” Hubbard says. Next, the actual swing analysis. Clients bring their own clubs and hit off of a mat into a net. Hubbard works to get a sense of how the golfer feels, and can then begin a golf evaluation with high-speed cameras (also used in the Willem Verweij running clinic,) to get different views in order to identify any swing faults. By watching the video swing analysis, the therapist can tell what areas of the body are getting more pressure than the others. “Everything is connected, from the upper back to the lower back to the hips,” he says. “If your hips aren’t able to move correctly, the joints above and below have to pick up the slack for that. If your hips aren’t very mobile, it puts more pressure on your back and even your knees. I’ve seen people with knee injuries that result from limitations further up the chain in their upper back and shoulders. If you can help that move a little better, it takes the pressure off that lower area and they’re able to swing pain-free. It’s a cool, investigative approach.”

Physical Therapist Uses His Own Setbacks to Enter Career Ryan Hubbard grew up playing sports – primarily soccer, basketball and golf. “I had a membership at Cochecho Country Club when I went to the University of New Hampshire as an undergrad,” he says. “I grew up playing with my dad at local courses.” He also admits to having “a pretty interesting injury history,” that includes tearing his ACL while playing basketball in college. It was another injury, however, that sidelined him for a time. While playing soccer and golfing, he was also growing.

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Ryan Hubbard works with Evan Davis to check body symmetry, strength training and body position of his swing via video monitoring.

Teaming up with the NHGA Willem Verweij and Associates is teaming up with the New Hampshire Golf Association to offer members a Titleist screening. “Whether someone is injured or not, or if they just want to improve performance, we can help them through a personal tailored plan,” Physical Therapist Ryan Hubbard says. “Or we can give them exercises they can do on their own to help their performance.” Visit wvphysicaltherapy.com for more information.

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Warming Up is Essential Asked for the no. 1 warm-up tip for golfers, Physical Therapist Ryan Hubbard, of Willem Verweij and Associates Physical Therapy, in Rochester, says there is a simple yet effective way to prepare: swing both ways. “I always tell people before they start to play, make sure you swing in both directions,” he says. “Despite being a righty or a lefty, don’t just warm up with your normal swing. Make sure to swing both ways because you still want to be symmetrical. When you start to see asymmetries in the body that’s when you start to see injury.” It’s not just something the part-timers can take advantage of. According to Hubbard, the top players in the game do it. “I was lucky enough to go to the Masters this past year,” he says. “I probably spent an hour or two on the range there just trying to see what they do, and almost every one before they went up to swing – they swung the club both ways.” According to Hubbard, it goes like this: 1. Start with a slow, half-swing and then ease into a full swing. 2. Face the other way and repeat. “Now you’re seeing a lot of competitive golfers and PGA pros that have a fitness team around them,” he says. “They’re preparing year round, not only preventing injuries, but remedying them throughout the season. I think a large percentage of the last year, the PGA tour winners have had some TPI certified individual on their team.”

He suffered a stress fracture in his back, and he ended up in a back brace for nearly six months. “I had to work with my trainer in high school just to get back to not only golf, but other sports as well,” he says. “That was extremely helpful – building up my strength, as opposed to getting out of that brace and hitting balls. That probably would’ve resulted in even more damage.” The learning experience introduced Hubbard to physical therapy, and helped instill an interest in the field. “Just going through the physical therapy process then and seeing how they could help me get back playing the sports I wanted to, realizing they were helping me, seemed pretty cool to me and I saw it as something I wanted to do to help other people,” he says. He studied at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health in Boston, which led him to working with golfers at the Spaulding Rehab Network near Boston as part of its Back in the Swing program. He then found his way back to his home state to work with golfers here. “When I started here and chatted with Willem, (owner Willem Verweij,) I told him I wanted to be someone on the seacoast where golfers could come, work with, not only to prevent injury, but to remedy injury and also to improve their performance,” he says. “So kind of right from the beginning we were chatting about starting a golf program here. Last year was our first year, and we got in touch with (NHGA Executive Director) Matt Schmidt, and the relationship’s been great. And we’re building on that this year. “As a physical therapist, I’m an expert on the way the body moves and how you heal. In terms of the specific mechanics 20 | N h g o l f

of the golf swing and to fix that, that’s really the PGA professional’s wheelhouse. In terms of the team approach, the PGA professional is really the captain.” It’s never too late to follow sound physical preparation, he says. And following the guidance and training of the TPI certification allows him to identify potential problems before they result in injuries. “Golf seems to be a pretty big outlet for people – not only to work off stress, but the social aspect of it as well. And when you can’t go back to that, it can be frustrating. The challenge for me is getting those people in here and getting them better as soon as we can so that they can get back to playing and get back to some normalcy.” Hubbard says that the way the industry is evolving, golfers will likely see clubhouses incorporating fitness facilities and a trainer or physical therapist on site. The approach, he says, provides more value for members, and will allow them to improve their game. “That’s what’s exciting for me,” he says. “You see people come in who have given up hope – they haven’t golfed for two years, they haven’t been able to, and it affects them emotionally and mentally when they can’t get outside and do the things they want to do. They come in here with an injury and then however many weeks later they’re maybe able to go to the driving range and then maybe play nine holes, and then maybe play a full round. Seeing people’s satisfaction with that is really what drives me to continue to get better, and it’s something I want to continue to do as I go through the Titleist program. Regardless of what your handicap is, getting back into playing golf is pretty cool.” b 2 0 1 7 E diti o n


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NH’s High School Golf Moves Forward NHGA and NHIAA Join Forces for Junior Golf

Former NHGA Junior Champion Brandon Gillis played his high school golf at Nashua High School North and qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship by earning medalist honors at a sectional qualifier at Bretwood Golf Course in Keene last summer.

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ometimes the synergy between two organizations makes for a pairing that seems natural in retrospect. Such was the case this past year when the New Hampshire Golf Association (NHGA) and the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) joined forces to work with amateur and interscholastic golfers throughout the state. The two governing bodies – the NHGA as the governing body for amateur golf in the state since 1905 and conductor of its championships, and the NHIAA, formed in 1947 as the New Hampshire State Athletic Association – have operated in somewhat separate orbits over the years. But now the two have partnered to the benefit of both organizations and New Hampshire’s young golfers. Since 1947, the NHIAA has made progress in organizing,

supervising and coordinating a statewide athletic program. Superintendents, principals, athletic directors, coaches, state school board association members, and State Department of Education personnel have served on the Council, the governing body of the organization. The administration has been carried out by committees chosen from both school administrators and non-academics throughout the state. The alliance was orchestrated by Rick Dichard, chairman of the golf committee of the NHIAA and whose day job is principal at Manchester West High School, and Matt Schmidt, executive director of the NHGA. Dichard, the son of a golf pro and an avid golfer himself who plays in NHGA events, ran into Schmidt at one of the events and asked him to come to one of the NHIAA golf committee meetings. Schmidt readily accepted the invitation and was so well received at the meeting he was invited to join the board. “The caveat was to help each other out,” says Dichard. “We’ve been working towards that ever since.” It was a relationship Schmidt was interested in exploring since coming to New Hampshire. “As to the relationship with the NHIAA, it’s something that I’ve wanted us to get more involved in since I arrived three and a half years ago,” Schmidt says. “We (the NHGA) had provided rules officials for the state finals in the past but we hadn’t been intimately involved in the administration of the events.” Since the alliance was formed, the NHGA and NHIAA have worked on several initiatives: • The NHGA held a rules seminar that was very well attended by NHIAA members which allowed them to keep up with changes and interpretations. • Additionally, the NHGA has “assisted in the professional delivery of our championships,” says Dichard. • The NHGA helps secure sites for interscholastic championships. Among the significant items are working with the golf courses on conditions, the course set up and administering the scoreboard. “They know what they’re doing,” Dichard says. One of the more important services provided by the NHGA is providing rules officials during championships. In the past, when NHIAA school members made rulings, there could be the appearance of an inherent conflict of interest –

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Get to Know: The NHIAA The primary reason for the creation of the NHIAA was to establish the state athletic programs as an integral part of the entire school curriculum. It was believed that athletics, properly directed and administered on a state-wide basis, has a contribution to make to the educational program of schools. The Association was incorporated in 1951. In 1953 a full-time office was established with a full-time executive director. Online: nhiaa.org Where: 251 Clinton St., Concord Contact: (603) 228-8671

particularly when it was one of the schools involved in a disagreement. With NHGA rules officials acting as knowledgeable, independent third parties, that conflict is eliminated. “It takes that decision making out of our hands which is something we welcomed,” Dichard says. Another major benefit of working with the NHGA is the all-important task of securing sites for the annual championships. With New Hampshire having a relatively small number of golf courses it often becomes difficult to find facilities willing to give up their golf courses regularly year after year. The NHGA is conducting 22 events in 2017, allowing it to have it its finger on the pulse of golf course availability. It also provides the ability to help integrate the NHIAA’s four state championships into the rotation. The NHGA will now administer the state high school championships for the NHIAA in Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4 for both boys and girls. In a testament to how successful Dichard and his NHIAA Golf Committee has been, 67 New Hampshire schools – 90 percent of the schools throughout the state – field golf teams. In a state that varies from urban schools to very rural regional institutions, that is an astounding percentage. It’s that concentration of junior golfers that interests Schmidt and the NHGA. Since taking the executive director’s job nearly four years ago, Schimidt has made it a high priority Official Magazine of the New Hampshire Golf Association

to grow the game by expanding opportunities for the young golfers of New Hampshire. “During my time in Indiana, we were in charge of running both the Boys and Girls High School State Finals and because of that, I’ve always sort of felt that it was our responsibility to be doing that as the state golf association,” Schmidt says. “We ran the Boys and Girls state finals last year just as we’d run any of our championship events, and it was very well received. Ultimately, I’d like to see more of the kids playing high school golf participating in our junior program in an effort to grow the game and get more kids playing.” The NHIAA, and interscholastic participants, were enthusiastic about the NHGA’s guidance after the first year. “All we got was good feedback,” Dichard says of the NHGA’s work on the state championships. “It’s amazing how well the tournaments were run.” The student-athlete golfers get to experience what a professionally run tournament feels like, which will only serve to make them comfortable should they choose to enter NHGA events in the future. They will have a familiarity and comfort of knowing the events will all be run with a high degree of competence. “We look forward to the partnership and growing it in the future,” he says. “We have a vested interest in keeping the game going. This relationship can only enhance that mission.” b nhgolf associ atio n . o rg | 23


From left: Senior Champion Beth Hamilton; Dana Harrity presents Chelsea Sedlar with the NHWGA Championship trophy; and Legend Champion Dale Nims.

From left: Rowena Wilks and NHWGA Junior Girls Champion Lauren Thibodeau; Classic Champion Paula Ainsworth; and Player of the Year Dana Harrity.

New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association Flourishes

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eekly golf outings, several specialty tournaments and championships and the establishment of a Player of the Year Award marked the New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association’s 93rd season this past year, which culminated in several members achieving special recognition for personal accomplishments. The Anna Morrill Trophy was presented to Corey Richardson from Duston Country Club for having earned the most competition credits during the season. The Helen Lockwood Trophy was presented to Division A player Betsy Knights from Hanover Country Club, for having the highest improvement factor of her handicap index during the season. Pat Cutler from Hoodkroft Country Club received most improved in Division B. In 2016, the New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association announced the establishment of a Player of the Year Award for women amateur golfers. Players were invited to compete for this award, which is given for outstanding performance during the season. This award recognizes the achievements of a New Hampshire player competing at a higher level. Points are awarded not only for performance placement in NHWGA events and competitions, but also in regional and USGA events. The winner of this prestigious award was Dana Harrity from Abenaqui Country Club. The NHWGA Championship, a 54-hole stroke play format, was held at Abenaqui Country Club in Rye Beach in August. Chelsea Sedlar from Nashua Country Club won the championship with a total of 219, a +3 for the tournament.

The Senior, Legend and Classic Championships were concurrently held at Owl’s Nest Resort and Golf Club in Campton with an 18-hole stroke play format in three age divisions. The Senior Champion winner was Beth Hamilton (from Canterbury Woods) who shot even par; the Legend Champion was Dale Nims (from Lochmere Country Club) who shot a 78 for +6; and the Classic Champion was Paula Ainsworth (from Bethlehem Country Club) who finished with a 78 for +6 for the championship. The NHWGA Junior Girls Championship took place at Intervale Country Club in Manchester. There were eight divisions for competitors who ranged in age from five through 17 years old. The course was modified for each division as was the length of the stipulated round. Lauren Thibodeau won the senior division 18-hole championship with a score of 66. NHWGA will continue to flourish in 2017. This season will see the women at 34 events throughout the state. Highlights of the season include five specialties, four mixed, and five championship events. Eastman Golf Links in Grantham, located in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region, will host the 2017 NHWGA Amateur Championship. Women will enjoy the challenges this course has to offer with strategically placed bunkers, dog-legs, water hazards and undulating greens. With five par 5s and four par 3s for women, this course is sure to challenge the best of the best. Consider joining us on the fairways – membership information can be found at www.nhwga.org. b

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NH Golf Featured Courses Keene Country Club

Beaver Meadow Golf Course

This private country club, located in the Monadnock Region, features an 18-hole course designed by Wayne Stiles with four sets of tees to offer challenges and enjoyment for every level of play. It measures 6,455 yards, with a slope of 130 and rating of 71.5 from the back tees. Teaching and practice facilities include a driving range, putting green and chipping bunker. Award-winning banquet facilities, a fine dining restaurant and fully stocked pro shop are open to the public. 755 W Hill Rd, Keene, NH • (603) 352-0135 • keenecc.com

Beaver Meadow Golf Course is a walkable, fun course to play for all skill levels with a full service pro shop, private and group lessons, large practice area and relaxed food and beverage experience. Our Concord, NH golf course hosts many outings and tournaments each year and is open to the public. We pride ourselves on an excellent golf experience. Play the Beav’! 1 Beaver Meadow Street, Concord, NH BeaverMeadowGolfCourse.com

Pembroke Pines Country Club

Ridgewood Country Club

This course is located just minutes from Concord and Manchester. With two very different nines, it offers golfers one of the most unique golf courses in New Hampshire. The front nine presents a more wide-open experience and the back nine provides a challenging more wooded landscape. Golf simulators and pool tables offer golfers off-season opportunities as well. This course provides golfers of all levels with an affordable, friendly, golfing experience. 42 Whittemore Road • Pembroke, NH (603) 210-1365 • PembrokePinesCC.com

Located in central NH, this is a great course for all levels of golfers. The first nine holes are etched throughout a beautiful landscape and require the player to make precise and accurate shots. The back nine offers the player chances to play aggressively and attack each hole. The greens are some of the best in the state and offer true reads. This is a great place to take in an 18 hole championship experience. 258 Governor John Wentworth Highway, Moultonborough, NH (603) 476-5930 • ridgewoodcc.net

Kingswood Golf Club

Canterbury Woods Country Club

An 18-hole semi-private course originally designed by famed architect, Donald Ross and updated in 1987 by golf architects, Ault and Clark. Our reputation is providing quality and matchless course conditions and an engaging course layout to rival some of the best courses in the USA. The course offers a range of challenges from lengths of 5045 to 6366 yards, and 4 sets of tees with slopes from 118 to 134. 24 Kingswood Road, Wolfboro, NH • (603) 569-3524 kingswoodgolfclub.com

Conveniently located off of I-93 just north of Concord, this course offers an enjoyable and challenging golf experience for golfers of all abilities with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Wide fairways with generous landing areas set up multiple strategic options for playing each hole. Four sets of tees allow the golfer to play anywhere from 4,800 yards to over 6,600 yards on a course that promises to provide some of the best golfing conditions in the state. 15 West Road, Canterbury, NH (603) 783-9400 • canterburywoodscc.com

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Mount Washington Resort Golf Club . . . Bretton Woods • (603) 278-4653 Mountain View Grand Golf Course . . . . . . .Whitefield • (855) 837-2100 Owl’s Nest Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . Thornton • (603) 726-3076 ext. 212

semi-private Candia Woods Golf Links . . . . . . . . . . Candia • (603) 483-2307 ext. 107 Canterbury Woods Country Club . . Canterbury • (603) 783-9400 ext. 12 Den Brae Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sanbornton • (603) 934-9818 Eastman Golf Links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Grantham • (603) 863-4500 Farmington Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . .Farmington • (603) 755-2412 Hanover Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hanover • (603) 646-2000 Hoodkroft Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Derry • (603) 434-0651 Hooper Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Walpole • (603) 756-4080 Intervale Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manchester • 603) 647-6811 Kingswood Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wolfeboro • (603) 569-3569 Lochmere Golf & Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . Tilton • (603) 528-4653 Loudon Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Loudon • (603) 783-3372 The Maplewood Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . Bethlehem • (603) 869-3335 26 | N h golf

Monadnock Country Club . . . . . . . . . Peterborough • (603) 924-7769 Nippo Lake Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barrington • (603) 664-7616 North Conway Country Club . . . . . . . . North Conway • (603) 356-9391 Pembroke Pines Country Club . . . . . . . . . .Pembroke • (603) 210-1365 Pine Grove Springs Country Club . . . . . . . . .Spofford • (603) 363-4433 Pine Valley Golf Links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pelham • (603) 635-8305 Portsmouth Country Club . . . . . . . Greenland • (603) 436-9719 ext. 12 Ridgewood Country Club . . . . . . . . Moultonborough • (603) 476-5930 Rochester Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gonic • (603) 332-9892 The Shattuck Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jaffrey • (603) 532-4300 Stonebridge Country Club . . . . . . . .Goffstown • (603) 497-8633 ext. 2 Waukewan Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . Center Harbor • (603) 279-6661 2 0 1 7 E d i t i on


Hanover Country Club

Call for a tee time! 646-2000

Hanover Country Club is a semiprivate course open to the public, located on the campus of Dartmouth College.

18 Holes with Cart: Maniac Mondays–$35 Fridays–2 for $80 After 5 pm–$25 Weekdays–$45 Weekends–$49 Jaffrey, NH • 603-532-4300 • sterlinggolf.com/shattuck

We guarantee “ you’ ll enjoy your round – and, as a staff, we look forward to helping you reach your golfing goals.

• 18-Hole Championship Course • Junior Camps • Practice Facilities • Pro Shop • Private & group lessons

– Alex Kirk, Head PGA Professional at Hanover C.C.

More information: golf.dartmouth.edu

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Your Support matters The New Hampshire Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports and upholds the ancient and honorable traditions of the game of golf in New Hampshire. Since its inception in 1905, the NHGA has served as the governing body of golf in the Granite State. Our role and importance to the game of golf has continued to evolve since that time. Did you know? The NHGA is headquartered in downtown Concord and employs a full-time staff of three. Did you know? The NHGA annually gives back more than $130,000 to the game of golf in New Hampshire. Did you know? The NHGA Adaptive Communications Junior Tour provides playing opportunities to young people across the state. Did you know? The NHGA provides handicapping support to all of our 100 member facilities and over 13,500 individual members. Did you know? The NHGA has a dedicated volunteer course rating team that rates and measures New Hampshire courses every year. Did you know? The NHGA works closely with the NHWGA, The First Tee of New Hampshire, and McDonough Scholarship Fund to grow and foster the game of golf in New Hampshire. Why Your Membership Matters: The support of our members is what keeps the NHGA alive. Not only does an NHGA membership support all the initiatives listed, it will also support your local NHGA member club. We are proud to have the support of more than 100 facilities of all shapes and sizes in New Hampshire and with your support to the NHGA and your member club, we’ll ensure that the future of golf is secure for years to come. For a full list of NHGA facilities, visit our member club directory at nhgolfassociation.org. How to Support the NHGA: Many of you reading this are currently NHGA members and we thank you for your support of the NHGA and your member club. As a 501(c)(3), the NHGA also relies on donations from members and non-members alike. Your fully tax-deductible gift will go towards the continued growth of our Junior Golf program and support the growth, health and development of golf in New Hampshire. Donations are accepted online at nhgolfassociation.org/donate or by filling out and mailing in the form below. Yes, I want to help support the New Hampshire Golf Association in their promotion of the game of golf throughout the Granite State by sending a personal donation in the following amount:

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MANCHESTER COUNTRY CLUB

A Community

that values golf and so much more

It’s true an exceptional experience arises from the combination of the finest in golf, dining, and clubhouse amenities. We have that. But we believe in so much more — a challenging game of golf, tasty food and drink, plenty of blue skies and colorful sunsets, time spent with family and friends, and most importantly, living life to its fullest.

If you’re searching for a private club, we invite you to learn more about Manchester Country Club, where life is lived with less stress and more fun. Picturesque Bedford, NH

ManchesterCountryClub.com

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